Vikings Rumors & News

  • NFL concussion settlement takes nasty turn

    ESPN "The $1 billion NFL concussion settlement -- nearly six years in the making yet still to deliver a penny to former players and their families for brain injuries stemming from football -- is revealing the underbelly of the legal system to former players and their families. As they finally close..." March 29

  • Vikings' Mike Zimmer has 'no idea' if Teddy Bridgewater will play in 2017

    CBS Sports "Teddy Bridgewater suffered a serious non-contact knee injury last August, so serious that there were concerns in the weeks and months that followed as to whether the Vikings’ former first-round pick would be ready for the 2017 season. On Wednesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer offered this update..." March 29

  • Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith has ankle surgery

    Fanrag Sports "Minnesota Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith had a high ankle sprain. According to reports, he just had surgery on it to repair it for the 2017 season. Last year, the Vikings made Smith the highest-paid safety in the NFL. He’s fallen to third since then, but he is still clearly a critical part of..." March 29

  • Giants: ‘Never Say Never’ When It Comes To Signing Adrian Peterson (Report)

    Big Blue Unbiased "According to multiple sources, New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said “never say never” when it comes to the team potentially signing free agent running back Adrian Peterson. McAdoo uttered this at Tuesday’s NFL league meets in Phoenix, Arizona. The topic of Peterson and the Giants first..." March 29

  • Giants coach on Adrian Peterson: “Never say never”

    Pro Football Talk "The Giants were one of the first teams Adrian Peterson started flirting with, even before the Vikings let him go. And it appears there’s at least some interest on their part. Giants coach Ben McAdoo was asked specifically Tuesday whether they’d have interest in adding the 32-year-old running..." March 28

  • NFL: Concussions dropped by around 10 percent

    Fanrag Sports "According to the NFL, concussions dropped in 2016, falling by around 10 percent. That would make it appear that the strict concussion protocol has been working. Since the lawsuit, the NFL has been working to cut back on concussions. They originally rose with the new protocol, but the NFL..." March 28

  • 2017 NFL schedule: League reportedly hoping to unveil full schedule in late April

    CBS Sports "The release of the NFL schedule has become much more than an announcement with a long list of football games to be played in the future. It’s become a full-blown spectacle, with a three- or four-hour television program planned around it on multiple networks. This despite everyone already knowing..." March 28

  • Leaping block attempts on field goals, extra points expected to be banned

    ESPN "NFL owners are expected to pass a rule on Tuesday that will prohibit players from leaping over linemen to try to block field goal and extra-point attempts, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sources said the league feels the play is too dangerous and a player could get flipped over and..." March 28

  • NFL Owners Approve Raiders' Relocation Proposal

    NBC New York "NFL owners have given the Oakland Raiders the green light to continue with their current home in the East Bay in favor of Las Vegas. Stay tuned for updates. Monday could be the day many fans of the "Silver and Black" have feared for years. NFL owners stationed in Phoenix could vote as..." March 28

  • The NFL has an odd rule about refs visiting Las Vegas during the regular season

    CBS Sports "If the Raiders want to have an officiating crew at the first game they play in Las Vegas, then the NFL is going to have change one of its weirdest rules, which you probably didn’t even know about: NFL refs aren’t allowed to visit Sin City during the season. Under current league policy, every..." March 27

  • NFL owners to rake in absurd money in Rams, Chargers and Raiders relocation fees

    Sportsnaut "NFL owners are in Phoenix, Arizona for the Annual League Meeting, and they’re expected to approve a proposal that would send the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Now we have at least one idea about why there is so much overwhelming support for the proposed move, as it means more money in the..." March 27

  • Reporter says Giants ‘would not go near’ Adrian Peterson

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Giants seem like they are in need of backfield help after they released veteran running back Rashad Jennings, and there has been some speculation that they could kick the tires on Adrian Peterson. According to one reporter, there’s no chance of that happening. Gary Meyers of the..." March 26

  • Former 1st-round NFL player asking God for ‘one last run’

    Sportsnaut "Based on an Instagram post by former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, Sharrif Floyd, one wonders if his knee injury isn’t far more significant than has been reported to this point. Or at the least it appears he had a setback. One thing we know for certain, based on what he wrote, is..." March 26

  • Adrian Peterson says he's 'in no rush' to find his next team

    CBS Sports "Adrian Peterson, recently cast aside by the Minnesota Vikings, is still on the open market. Recent reports have indicated that Peterson is simply asking for too much money on his next contract ( approximately $8 million in the first season ), leading teams to stay away. Friday evening,..." March 25

  • Adrian Peterson says 'it's not all about the money'

    ESPN "Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took to Twitter early Saturday morning in to say he's "in no rush" to sign with a new team. Peterson, who ranks 16th in NFL history with 11,747 rushing yards, became an unrestricted free agent on March 9 after the Vikings decided not to pick..." March 25

  • Will Bradford's backup be Heinicke, a veteran addition or a draft pick?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings at some point in the coming weeks figure to add another quarterback to their 90-man roster. Right now, they have only three, one of whom might not be cleared to throw a football any time soon. With Teddy Bridgewater’s status in limbo due to the devastating knee injury he suffered..." March 24

  • Here's how much money Adrian Peterson reportedly wants on his next contract

    CBS Sports "Adrian Peterson was set to count $18 million against the Minnesota Vikings’ cap during the 2017, so the Vikings decided shortly before free agency opened to cut their ties with one of the best players in the franchise’s history. Nearly a month later, Peterson is still sitting on the open market,..." March 24

  • Panthers' Matt Kalil: Fans drove me off Twitter, 'I was harassed left and right'

    CBS Sports "Matt Kalil does not suffer fools gladly, either in person or online. The former Vikings’ first-round pick confronted a fan who heckled him in 2014, and on Wednesday, the offensive tackle, who signed a five-year, $55.5 million deal with the Panthers earlier this month, admitted that fans drove him..." March 24

  • NFL scout says Adrian Peterson ‘a glorified fullback’

    Bleacher Report "In a society where attention spans are so short, it's easy to forget, wait, what was I saying—oh yes—it's easy to forget just how good Adrian Peterson was. How devastating. How powerful. How nearly unprecedented. There was a time when Peterson would never have entered the free-agent market..." March 24

  • Packers passed on meeting with Adrian Peterson

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that the Packers considered bringing in free agent RB Adrian Peterson for a visit, but elected to pass on a potential meeting. Two NFL sources tell Fowler that they believe Peterson is still a free agent because his initial asking price was too high. Ben..." March 24

  • Vikings: Brian Robison agrees to pay cut in one-year contract extension

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Brian Robison, the Vikings’ durable defensive end who has started every game the last four seasons, signed an extension with the team that will lead to a pay cut in 2017, according to a report. Robison signed a one-year extension with the Vikings that puts him under contract through 2018, but..." March 24

  • New Viking Latavius Murray has ankle surgery, expected to be ready for camp

    CBS Sports "A week after signing a contract with the Vikings, Latavius Murray underwent surgery on his ankle. He’s expected to be ready by training camp. The Vikings announced Murray’s successful operation with a statement Wednesday, making clear that they knew about the scheduled surgery before they..." March 23

  • ESPN formally announces Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder, Trey Wingo to head NFL studio shows

    Awful Announcing "Three weeks ago, Jim Miller reported that ESPN would replace Chris Berman with a trio of studio hosts: Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Samantha Ponder. On Thursday, ESPN finally confirmed the news, announcing that Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown, Ponder will lead Sunday NFL Countdown and Wingo..." March 23

  • Packers ‘have some interest’ in Adrian Peterson

    Sportsnaut "Adrian Peterson hasn’t received much interest around the league since free agency kicked off, but one team could be looking at him with interest. “The Green Bay Packers have some interest in a visit with Peterson, but it’s believed that might not happen until after the team can take stock..." March 23

  • Vikings: Knew Latavius Murray needed surgery before signing him

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings announced that running back Latavius Murray, who signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the team on Thursday, underwent ankle surgery Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Vikings said in a statement that they knew about Murray's need for an operation before..." March 23

  • Sharrif Floyd one of many Vikings defensive tackles in a contract year

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Defensive tackle Datone Jones signed with the Vikings last week in part because he feels they will give him the best chance to prove himself. He is by no means the only Vikings defensive tackle in a prove-it year. With the exception of Pro Bowl nose tackle Linval Joseph, who has two years..." March 21

  • Vikings announce multi-year extension with Thielen

    Vikings.com "Adam Thielen is staying put in his home state. The Vikings announced Tuesday that the club has re-signed wide receiver who hails from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Since joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Thielen has played his way into an increasingly significant role with..." March 21

  • Latavius Murray picks new number in honor of late best friend

    Vikings.com "Latavius Murray isn’t worried about the Vikings run game struggles last season; he’s focused solely on the way he can help improve Minnesota’s offense in 2017. Murray, who spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Raiders before signing with the Vikings early Thursday morning,..." March 19

  • Dan Rowe, who called Vikings games in the 1990s, dies at 67

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Rowe, who was the play-by-play voice of the Vikings in the 1990s, died early Friday at his home in Baldwin, Wis. Rowe, who was 67, had lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for several years. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dan Rowe, Vikings play-by-play..." March 19

  • Hall of famer Cris Carter says Adrian Peterson reached ‘expiration date’ on Vikings

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Cris Carter said Saturday that Adrian Peterson simply reached his “expiration date’’ with the Vikings. With Minnesota having signed Latavius Murray, general manager Rick Spielman said Thursday the star running back would not be brought back as a free agent after 10 seasons. Now, Peterson..." March 19

  • Latavius Murray contract is a one-year deal with two option years

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings could have paid Adrian Peterson $18 million this year. Instead, they’ll pay Latavius Murray as little as $3.4 million this year. That’s the only true guarantee at signing for the newest running back in Minnesota, and the minimum he’ll earn this year. He’s eligible for a $100,000..." March 18

  • Slim pickings remain in free agency

    Pro Football Talk "There aren’t many big moves left to make in free agency. Sure, there’s still the question of whether our No. 1 free agent, Le’Veon Bell, will sign a long-term deal in Pittsburgh or play this season on the franchise tag. And there are big names out there like Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and..." March 18

  • Cordarrelle Patterson already recruiting Adrian Peterson to the Raiders

    Sportsnaut "Cordarrelle Patterson has signed with the Oakland Raiders and took to Twitter, asking for Adrian Peterson — his now former Minnesota Vikings teammate — to join him. Patterson has yet to play a game with the Raiders. But since he signed in Oakland, his experience has been overwhelmingly..." March 18

  • Terence Newman energized, eager 'to get the bad taste out of my mouth' after team's '16 slide

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Pushing aside preliminary interest from the Oakland Raiders and two other teams he said he couldn’t remember, Terence Newman called it a “simple decision” to re-sign for a third season with the Vikings and a 15th in the NFL. “The simple thing for me was the players,” Newman said today during a..." March 17

  • Adrian Peterson reportedly ‘remains a possibility’ for Raiders

    Larry Brown Sports "Latavius Murray has left a vacancy in the Oakland Raiders’ backfield by signing with the Minnesota Vikings, and there is some speculation that it could be filled by the man Murray is replacing in 2017. Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson of ESPN reported on Friday that signing Adrian Peterson..." March 17

  • Latavius Murray says he won't keep No. 28 out of respect for Adrian Peterson

    CBS Sports "During the first three seasons of his NFL career, all of which he spent with the Raiders, Latavius Murray wore a No. 28 uniform. Even though that same jersey number is available in Minnesota, where he signed a contract late Wednesday night, Murray won’t wear it again. On Thursday, Murray..." March 16

  • Vikings GM says Adrian Peterson will not return to team

    Yardbarker "Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman made official on Thursday what many speculated for weeks, if not longer: Adrian Peterson will not return to the team. The Vikings took the first step towards moving on from Peterson when they declined the running back’s option for 2017, which would have paid..." March 16

  • Latavius Murray 'not here to replace' Adrian Peterson

    NFL.com "Latavius Murray landing with the Vikings signals the end of Adrian Peterson's storied run in Minnesota. Murray, though, has no plans to erase the memory of one of the game's finest running backs. "There wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28. I have too much respect..." March 16

  • Vikings’ addition of Latavius Murray likely marks the end of Adrian Peterson

    ALL 22 "Overnight, while most people were sleeping, the Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of 27-year-old running back Latavius Murray. The timing of the announcement was intriguing. Minnesota’s crack of dawn memo possibly ends Adrian Peterson’s 10-year run with the Vikings. The team made the move..." March 16

  • Vikings fullback Zach Line to visit Jets

    Pro Football Talk "If you hold with those who believe the Vikings are “toxic,” right now, you can understand why players might flee. So of course, the latest free agent to hit the road is going to see a franchise that isn’t exactly known for stability. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Vikings fullback..." March 15

  • Alex Boone bristles at Adrian Peterson’s Dad as he comments about Minnesota’s O-line

    Pro Football Talk "If running back Adrian Peterson returns to the Vikings, he may have some explaining to do to the guys responsible for opening up his running lanes. Peterson’s father, Nelson, recently praised Oakland’s offensive line and likewise threw shade at Minnesota’s. Vikings guard Alex Boone didn’t..." March 15

  • Vikings sign RFA WR Adam Thielen to three-year contract

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Vikings have signed restricted free agent wide receiver Adam Thielen to a three-year deal, according to Adam Schefter. Though this may largely go unnoticed outside of Minnesota, this was likely a big priority for Minnesota heading into the offseason. Thielen, quietly, was one..." March 15

  • Vikings bring back veteran CB Terence Newman

    Sportsnaut "Veteran cornerback Terence Newman has agreed to terms on a contract that keeps him with the Minnesota Vikings for at least one more season. The Vikings announced the move on Wednesday morning. Newman is going to turn 39 years old in September. Yet despite his age and 15 years of NFL..." March 15

  • Cordarrelle Patterson, Oakland Raiders Agree to 2-Year Contract

    Bleacher Report "Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson signed with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, the club announced. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported on the deal, with Ben Goessling of ESPN adding it's a two-year contract that can be voided after one year. Tom..." March 15

  • Datone Jones “hungry” to sack Aaron Rodgers

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Datone Jones is the latest player to switch sides in the Vikings-Packers rivalry, and he’s already talking a bit of smack. The defensive end signed a one-year, $3.75 million free-agent deal Tuesday with Minnesota after spending his first four years with Green Bay. He’s ready now to go after..." March 15

  • Andre Smith to rejoin Bengals

    Dayton Daily News "The same day the Cincinnati Bengals lost a running back in free agency, they may have bolstered their offensive line. ESPN reports Andre Smith has agreed to return to the team that drafted him in 2009. Smith spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played only four games..." March 15

  • Vikings add former Packers 1st-rounder Datone Jones

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings continue to stay close to home for free agents. They announced they had signed former Packers first-rounder Datone Jones, the latest in a string of links between the NFC North rivals. Jones, who has converted from defensive end to outside linebacker, was Green Bay’s 2013..." March 15

  • Terence Newman Plans To Continue Playing

    Pro Football Rumors "Cornerback Terence Newman is without a gig at the moment, but he plans to continue playing. In an interview with SiriusXM (Twitter link), he indicated that a deal could be right around the corner. “I hope to get something done in next few days,” Newman said. “I do have a deal that is..." March 14

  • This is how far Adrian Peterson has plummeted

    New York Post "The Seahawks prefer a bloated running back coming off season-ending ankle surgery, with a history of choosing food over football, to one of the greatest tailbacks ever to play the game. With various running back options to choose from, Seattle chose Eddie Lacy — weighing in at more than 20..." March 14

  • Latavius Murray visiting Vikings Tuesday

    Pro Football Talk "Eddie Lacy’s deal with the Seahawks is the first domino to fall for the clutch of veteran tailbacks looking for homes for the 2017 season and that agreement appears to have led one of the other backs in that group to change his plans for the week. Latavius Murray was set to visit with Seattle..." March 14

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